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The Historic 2010 Bordeaux, Il Palazzone's Stellar Super Tuscan, Bodega Chacra Pinot

August 7, 2013

A Note from Sergio

The truism goes that no man is an island. What's true in humankind is equally true in winemaking: it's all connected. Just as no human exists without relationships to other people, all wine and winemakers have ties to other wines, other winemakers. Today's offer is an example of this inextricability, and if you look at these ties, you see less a straight line than an infinite and complex spider web of connections.

Today's Spotlight focuses on 2010 Bordeaux, a vintage that will undoubtedly go down in history. I can't imagine that there's a client of mine who knows and loves Bordeaux who hasn't read the paeans to this vintage, its classic lines, its cellar-worthiness, and its sheer beauty. They're great wines--our resident Bordeaux expert, Robin Kelley O'Connor, calls them "sublime"--and I'm proud to share them with you.

But the greatness of Bordeaux, its history and its very beginnings go back to conquering Romans who, wanting to make the wine they knew and loved, planted grapes in the Gironde estuary at some point around the middle of the first century. Almost two thousand years later, Italian winemakers found inspiration in Bordeaux-style blends and began the Super-Tuscan revolution, a movement that forever changed Italian winemaking and the global understanding of Italian wine.

The second wine we offer today, Il Palazzone Lorenzo & Isabelle 2005, shows that historical full circle. It's a Bordeaux-style blend made in Montalcino with the Italian twist of Sangiovese grapes, the very grapes that the estate uses to make its acclaimed Brunello di Montalcino, that deeply Italian wine that had shades of French winemaking shaping it. Made to celebrate the estate's fifth anniversary and named after its maker's parents, Lorenzo & Isabelle is at once a deeply personal testament of its maker, former Citigroup Chair Dick Parsons, and an evocation of the infinite webs of history.

So too is the third wine, Bodega Chacra's Cincuenta y Cinco 2011, and it illustrates how these spider lines wrap around the globe. Made by Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, the grandson of Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, the man who ignited the Super-Tuscan revolution in 1968 with his Sassicaia, this wine comes from the plains of Argentina's Patagonia. More than that, it wasn't inspired by Bordeaux--as Sassicaia was; it was inspired by Burgundy--and it derives from vines planted more than fifty years ago. It's the tangible product of the long, slow and often delicious movement of history, and it is a great wine.

Enjoy one of these bottles with people you care about and celebrate your connections. They're greater than you imagine.


Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: The Extraordinary Bordeaux of 2010  

2. Time Sensitive Offer: Rare and Singular, Il Palazzone Lorenzo & Isabelle 2005

3. Our Experts Suggest: A Francophile's Passions, Burgundy and the Rhone

4. Only At IWM: The Sassicaia of Argentina?  

5. Wine Events: Under the Tuscan Summer Sun

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito